The fourth entry in our Early Predictions
series is the Sixers big free agent acquisition of the summer, 34-years-young, Tony Battie.
First of all, the day the Sixers shocked the basketball world by signing Tony Battie was a dark, dark day for me. It was the first time I've made fun of an athlete for being old when he was the same age as me. Battie is only a month or two my senior, and yep. He's old. I guess I'm probably over the hill as a blogger, so it fits.
- Minutes: 400
- Points/game: 2.0
- Rebs/game: 1.2
- Ast/game: 0.1
- Steals/game: 0.1
- Blocks/game: 0.1
- TOV/game: 0.2
- DNPCDs: 32
- FG%: 45%
- 3PT%: NA
Battie was ostensibly brought in here to be a veteran presence and add whatever toughness the mullet cannot. I'm sure Collins likes the idea of having a guy who's been around the block on the bench (be it in street clothes, or warmups), but Battie is so far removed from being a useful NBA player (if he ever really was to begin with), that I can't help but believe he's going to be spending a ton of time in a suit.
Four hundred minutes is probably too many, I don't think he's effective enough to even fill the role carved out for Theo Ratliff two seasons ago (578 minutes), but much like with Jason Smith, I think Battie will get some burn from time to time, if for no other reason than to send a message to the other bigs.
Your thoughts in the comments, as usual.